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This Monday (1st), Israeli bombings hit the capital of Syria, Damascus, in an attack by the country’s far-right coalition on the Iranian consulate. The attack resulted in the deaths of at least six, including one of the country’s top commanders. Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), General Mohammad Reza Zahedi.

Iran quickly reacted very firmly and told the UN Security Council that it had the right to retaliate against Israel’s attack and asked the body to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the aggression.

The president of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, reaffirmed this Tuesday (2) that Israel’s attack on the country’s consulate in Syria “will not go unanswered”. The speech was published by the Iranian news agency Tasnim.

In a statement, Raisi said that “the usurping Zionist regime blatantly violated international law by committing the terrorist attack on a diplomatic building,” the news agency reported.

Hossein Akbari, Iran’s ambassador to Syria, said the consulate was hit by six missiles fired from F-35 fighter jets. Akbari lived in an annex to the embassy and his house was hit, but escaped unharmed.

The New York Times newspaper stated that it spoke to four Israeli officials, who confirmed that the country actually carried out the attack.

The first official Israeli statement regarding what happened does not deny or rule out this possibility. The Tel Aviv statement only states that “we will not comment on reports from foreign media outlets.”

This is not the first time that Israel has bombed neighboring countries. Since the offensive on the Gaza Strip, following the Hamas attacks in October, Tel Aviv has been bombing eastern and southern Lebanon, where Hezbollah operates, and important regions of Syria, such as the capital Damascus.

Some countries condemned the Israeli attack. Russia, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, condemned the “unacceptable attack” against the Iranian consulate in Damascus, accusing Tel-Aviv forces of being responsible for the offensive in Syria.

Saudi Arabia also issued a statement condemning the bombing and stated that it condemns “attacks on diplomatic facilities for any reason”.

Other countries in the region also took a stance against the military maneuver, such as Pakistan, Iraq, Oman and Yemen.

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